Open Day pulls them in
Close to 4 000 visitors flocked to UCT's Open Day on May 10, contributing to what Royston Pillay, Director of the Admissions Office, described as â€œpulsating activity and steady streams of students and parentsâ€. The annual highlight is aimed at grades 11 and 12 students as well as teachers, guidance counsellors and parents. The value of the event is that it provides an opportunity for members of these groups to meet face-to-face with UCT's academics, who are able to provide information on a host of study options. The Faculties offered short lectures as did the Alternative Admissions Research Project and the Pre-Admissions Career Counselling Service. The libraries were also open for those who wanted a preview of the varied resources UCT offers. â€œVisitors who were randomly selected to comment about their experience of Open Day were positive and the students left feeling they were better informed about their post-school careers,â€ Pillay concluded.
Susan Wilkinson-Maposa, formerly gender equality specialist and project manager at Cowater International Inc in Canada, has joined the staff at the Centre for Leadership and Public Values at the GSB.
Wilkinson-Maposa has joined the Centre on a two-year contract to co-ordinate the Community Philanthropy Project that gets underway this year. The Project, which is being funded by a substantial grant from the Ford Foundation, will investigate community-based philanthropy in southern Africa.
Wilkinson-Maposa brings with her an impressive track record of over 12 years of senior experience providing strategic direction and management at the project, programme and organisational levels. She has also worked extensively in southern Africa dealing with social and community development issues.